"Children are all-important, and so is art ... Art is food for the soul. And books are a child's first encounter with art so I felt it was a way I could make a contribution to the world. A drop in the ocean maybe, but picture books offered a chance to communicate the importance of things such as kindness, compassion, friendship, beauty." Brian Wildsmith
‘Picture books give an opportunity for a marriage between painting and illustrating . . . I believe that beautiful picture books of the right kind are vitally important in subconsciously forming a child’s appreciation, which will bear fruit in later life.’ Brian WildsmithBrian was born in 1930 in Penistone, Yorkshire. He attended Barnsley Art School when he was sixteen for two years during this time he illustrated for the local paper and met his wife Aurélie Ithurbide whom he married when he was 25. He received a scholarship to attend the Slade School of Art, completing his degree just before being called up for military service, during which he was assigned to the Royal Army Education Corps teaching mathematics and music. He left the army after eighteen months and took a position as an art teacher at Sellhurst Grammar School for Boys in London. Brian gradually built his career designing book covers and commissions and managed to gave up full time teaching in 1957 to devote himself to his illustration work.